Chickpea and Paneer Stew

February 16, 2012 at 6:30 am 8 comments

This stew is delicious. Comforting, warm, packed with flavor and healthy ingredients…oh, and did I mention it is delicious?

Chris and I enjoyed this for dinner one night and I hid the leftovers. I wanted them all to myself so I shoved the container in the back of the fridge behind tofu (the husband won’t touch that!) so it was “out of sight, out of mind”. Thank goodness I did too because this dish was even more flavorful the day after!

There was no real inspiration for this meal; I was in the mood for chickpeas and I needed to use up the last of paneer cheese I had in the fridge. I added in some vegetables for variety of color and texture along with garlic and spices and I was set! The paneer cheese lends a nice subtle cheese flavor to the dish that I really, really enjoyed but you could substitute tofu for vegan if needed and possibly add some nutritional yeast to mimic the cheese flavor.

I enjoyed this dish both served alone and served over cooked millet, though any cooked grain would be work here (rice, quinoa, sorghum) for an even heartier meal.

Chickpea and Paneer Stew 


1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, butter, ghee, or other oil (use oil for vegan)
1 large onion, diced
2 carrots, thinly sliced or or small diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp garam masala (Indian spice mix)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 to 1 tsp paprika, smoked or regular
1 cup of paneer cheese (could sub cubed firm tofu for vegan and different flavor)
3 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 2 cans, rinsed and drained)
1 15-oz can of no salt added diced tomatoes (undrained)
2 cups of vegetable broth (you can add more if you like more liquid, I prefer mine really thick)
5 cups of fresh baby spinach or other leafy green
1/4 cup fresh parsley or cilantro
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a medium soup pot, heat oil/butter over medium heat. Add onions and carrots, saute for 7-8 minutes until cooked through and onions are slightly golden brown (this helps deepen the flavor), stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in garlic cloves and spices (garam masala through paprika) and cook for 1 minute until fragrant, stirring constantly.
3.  Add paneer cheese and saute for 1 minute then add chickpeas, tomato and broth and let simmer for 5 minutes or so. Add remaining ingredients and cook until spinach is wilted. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cara  |  February 16, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Bahahaha!!! You crack me up. You actually hid the food??? Man, that is *so* something I would do too! Crazy thing is is that Greg would be such a sweetheart anyway and naturally let me have it but I still like to hoard my food 🙂 P.S. Where did you get that clth napkin that is underneathe the dish? Must have it.

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

      oh girl, yes I definitely hid the food…no one comes between me and my food hahahhahhaha…. I don’t mess around! Funny thing is I am only half kidding…
      I found this cloth at Joann’s 🙂 I LOVE that place…it was about time to fancy up my plain ol’ napkins so I could spice up my photos!

      • 3. Cara  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:40 am

        That is where I get all of my napkins/cloths too! Must go after work now and find that one…

      • 4. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm

        If you can’t find it, let me know and I will take a look again at the Joann’s here 🙂

  • 5. Genevieve  |  February 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I love paneer! And I like how easy this meal sounds – unlike many other Indian recipes!

    • 6. naturalnoshing  |  February 27, 2012 at 11:56 am

      A fellow paneer lover! Yay! This definitely comes together very quickly 🙂

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  • 8. Chicken Nuggets and Elmo  |  May 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

    The first time I tried this I couldn’t find paneer cheese, so I used farmer’s cheese… and I used too much liquid — I misread the recipe. I just made it again this past weekend with paneer and only 2 cups of broth and HEAVEN!! This will be a regular recipe for me =) Thank you!


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